America's Next Top Model contestants: Where Are They Now?
Tyra not only taught us the importance of smizing, but also introduced us to world renowned photographers Nigel Barker and Gilles Bensimon.
When ANTM debuted in 2003, social media had yet to tighten its grip on society and reality tv was still a ground breaking concept. By the third season – the drama was high and so were the stakes. The show promised a leg up into one of the most cutthroat industries in the world, but did the reality franchise help or hinder their careers?
Adrianne Curry: Cycle 1
Adrianne was the first winner of then cutting edge America’s Next Top Model in 2003. After winning the show, she was signed to Wilhelmina Models and landed a shoot with Marie Claire magazine and a contract with Revlon.
Post ANTM, she wed former child actor Christoper Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch) in 2006, but they split in 2012. After a disappointing modelling career after the show, Adrianne is now focused on hosting serialised reality show The Tester for Sony Playstation.
Yoanna House: Cycle 2
In 2004, Yoanna (23) was the clear favourite to win from the get-go, with her striking editorials, albeit lacklustre runway walk. Let’s not forget her disappointing performance in Tyra’s debut music video for Shake Your Body. Lack of rhythm aside, Yoanna carved out a relatively successful career after the show.
She won a contract with IMG Models, a cosmetics campaign with Sephora and a spread in Jane Magazine. She enjoyed guest stints on The Tyra Banks Show and hosted Queen Bees. A now 36-year-old Joanna has her own blog about motherhood, is studying to be a pilot and is a brand ambassador for OPI Nails.
Camille McDonald: Cycle 2
Camille only came fifth place in the second series, but thanks to her “signature walk”, she will forever live in ANTM history. She signed with Major Model Management after being voted out and has posed for Glamour, W Magazine, Womens’s Wear Daily. And her confidence appears to be high as ever as her Instagram bio describes her as a “Professional Model TV Personality, World Traveler, Cheff, Entrepreneur and Amazing Business Woman.”
Eva Marcille: Cycle 3
Eva Marcille may have won the third season of the show, but her the decision to crown an average heighted woman (5’7”) was a big talking point throughout her time on ANTM. As part of her prize, ’Diva Eva’ landed a contract with Ford Models; a campaign with Cover Girl cosmetics and a spread in Elle Magazine. She has been busy with guest acting spots since 2005 and has a seriously adorable daughter Marley Rae McCall.
Jade Cole: Cycle 6
One of the more controversial contestants on ANTM, Jade, who came in third place in 2004, later slammed her time on the show describing it as an “inaccurate performance.” She turned down the chance to appear on the 2011 All-Stars version of the show, citing contractual issues. ‘Undiscovered supermodel’ Jade founded a biracial modelling agency called Biracial Butterfly Productions in 2013.
CariDee English: Cycle 7
It came down the wire in cycle seven of the show, but CariDee eventually beat Melrose Bickerstaff to the post. She wasn’t without her controversies however. Who could forget her asking Nigel Barker if he removed the stick from his ass during a photoshoot at a bullfighting arena in Barcelona? She raised awareness about her skin condition psoriasis, breaking down over it during one episode, saying she thought it would hold her back from winning. Eventually, she took home a campaign with CoverGirl cosmetics; a contract with Elite Models and the cover of Seventeen magazine. After the show, she enjoyed guest slots on One Tree Hill and The Tyra Banks Show. These days, CariDee is still modelling and a spokesmodel for the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Melrose Bickerstaff: Cycle 7
She was the blonde beauty from Michigan with a background in fashion design, determined to make it on the other side of the camera. She was largely portrayed as the villain on the show, but will always be remembered for her killer Donald Trump impression. Melrose has her own swimsuit line and last modelled in 2009.
Jaslene Gonzalez : Cycle 8
Jaslene was one of the most memorable victors of ANTM, appearing at a time when the show was one the most popular on US television. A then 20-year-old Jaslene was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Reality Star in 2007. A self-described ‘Modern Day Supermodel’, her website ChaChaDiva says she is “evolving into one the fashion elite’s most sought¬after faces.” She is still modelling and recently landed the cover of Vive Magazine, a luxury magazine published in Florida.
Isis King: Cycle 11
In 2008, Isis was the first ever transgender contestant to appear on the show. She still models and is often praised for her work within the transgender community. In 2012, she starred in American Apparel’s campaign and made headlines once again. She returned to the show in 2013 for the All-Stars version, where she was eliminated after three episodes.
Tiffany Richardson: Cycle 4
The Tiffany/Tyra showdown in 2005 is arguably the most memorable moment in ANTM history. After an indifferent attitude towards the judging panel when she was about to be kicked out, Tyra screamed at Tiffany the famous “we were all rooting for you” line, which is better known these days as one of the internet’s favourite memes. She no longer models and her husband Chad have a son and daughter and lives in her native Florida.
Whitney Thompson: Cycle 10
The first plus size winner of the show in 2008, Whitney is one of ANTM’s more successful finds. As part of her prize, she won a contract with Elite Model Management; the cover of Seventeen magazine and a campaign with CoverGirl. After the show, she landed jobs with Saks Fifth Avenue, Converse and Forever 21 and last year, she modelled for Panache lingerie.